APPROACH AND METHODOLOGY
The broadband network will be deployed to regions that have been/will be chosen because they have either been seriously affected by the earthquake or by the shift in population due to internally displaced peoples. The locations chosen (Leogane, East of Jacmel, Mirebalais and others) do not have access to broadband. The approach combines using innovative, low-cost, long distance WiFi technology for the network and partnerships with local entrepreneurs and ISPs to deliver and support the broadband network so that it will be economically sustainable. The network will initially serve NGOs who are providing much of the rebuilding effort and will become the paying anchor tenants for the network. The network can then start to serve other organizations including schools, hospitals, local government and enterprises, creating more opportunity for Haitians to use the network and benefit economically. Once the network is deployed and the model is sustainable, it will be transferred to a local, neutral entity for management and operation.
IMPLEMENTATION, TIMELINE, AND DELIVERABLES
Timeline: 12 - 18 months.
Build partnership with 2 - 4 ISP Partners
6 Regions and 20 population centers connected
Develop capacity of 60 regional ICT entrepreneurs
Serve 200+ NGOs with connectivity
Serve more then 40 NGOs with software and hardware donations and shared access computing resources (Windows MultiPoint Server, HP MultiSeat and Thin Client Computers, HP peripherals)
Serve 40 schools their estimated 24,000 students with teacher training resources, software and shared access computing resources
Equip 40 schools with solar panels and peripheral equipment sufficient to power each lab
Enable more then 100,000 people to gain basic computer literacy skills.
More then 400,000 people's lives will be improved through access to Information and Communications Technologies they never had before.
Deliver $12,000 USD + into the local economy monthly by the end of implementation
Enable faster rebuilding and long term economic opportunity with better access to information and ICTs.
In rural Haiti, nonprofit organizations have largely been unable to access the benefits of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) due to lack of both technical and human infrastructure. Together the EKTA Foundation and Inveneo will address this shortcoming by deploying a high-speed network accessible in these rural areas. Additionally, by identifying, training and certifying Haitian IT experts, the very important element of local capacity building keeps the technology and know-how in-country. Microsoft and HP will provide software and hardware resources, training resources and funding for capacity building to ensure local organization are equipped to benefit fully from access to the network. The EKTA Foundation and Inveneo are jointly finding additional funding and partners for this rural technology deployment project, and both bring technical expertise to the work as well.